Hastings District Council often receives complaints regardng noise from bird scaring devices used on orchards in the district. If used thoughtlessly, bird scaring devices can cause serious annoyance and disturbance to the public.
The Hastings District Plan Section 25.1.7A Noise sets down rules for the use of bird scaring devices on how and when they should be operated as well as how to avoid causing a nuisance.
There shall be no device operated between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise.
Devices shall not operate unless a legible notice is securely fixed to the road frontage of the site in which the device is to operate stating the name, address and telephone number of the person(s) responsible for the operation of the device.
There are no restrictions on events or individual shots for sound levels less than 85dBCpeak either:
Where sound levels are greater than 85dBCpeak but less than the limits specified in (e) below, measured at any point within the boundary of any Residential Zone or within the notional boundary of a noise sensitive activity within a Rural Zone, then:
There shall not be more than 4 events in any 1 hour period, or a total of 12 individual shots in any 1 hour period, received:
Note: For the purposes of this rule, an 'event' includes no more than 3 individual shots within any one minute period.
There shall only be one device per every 4ha of the site, provided that:
Note: As an example, a site of up to 4ha is permitted one device, a site between 4ha and an 8ha is permitted two devices, a site between 8ha and 12ha is permitted three devices and so on.
Sound levels generated by an audible bird scaring device shall not exceed:
Note: As an indicative guide only, a setback distance of approximately 420 metres is required to achieve the limit in Rule 25.1.7A.1(e)(i) and a setback distance of approximately 150 metres is required to achieve the limit in Rule 25.1.7A.1(e)(ii) where a device is directed towards the respective boundary. A device directed away from the respective boundary is likely to comply with a lesser setback distance.
For more information on bird scaring devices in Hastings, contact Council's environmental planning team, or come to Council's customer service centre in Lyndon Rd, Hastings, and ask to speak to the duty planner.
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